I have had most amazing friends at every stage of my life and count myself extremely lucky for finding one gem of a friend after another. I was recently sent an email by someone who wanted to spread some word around people in Karachi and asked me to forward it to my friends here. When I started clicking on the people on my contact list, I realised that just about all of my friends live abroad, there were only four people in Karachi who I knew would participate in that, which got me thinking that I have hardly any friends left in this city. I am lonely in this concrete jungle.
My situation worsened last week when I learned that two of my friends (you know who you are) are leaving the city by the sea for Islamabad and Toronto respectively. Honestly, I have started hating Toronto; for me, it has become a friend sucking back hole; most of my friends have relocated to the big TO.
Now I am friendless (well, almost) in Karachi and I don’t know what to do about it. I am not 17 any more and making new friends at my age is not the easiest thing in the world and I don’t want a whole new set of people around me with no binding memories.
What do I do? Move to Canada and shovel snow for six months like a lot of good Pakistanis or stay in the city by the sea, commuting on Shahrah-e-Faisal and finding new ways of beating the stress of living in Karachi.